Open scholarship and open access
Open Scholarship maximises the sharing of knowledge. It is relevant across the entire research lifecycle and encompasses open access to research publications, open data, open educational resources, sharing of code, protocols, and other relevant research outputs.
The benefits to academics include ensuring maximum exposure and credit for their work. Universities benefit from wider dissemination of their research and by access to a wider range of resources. Open scholarship also has benefits across society, including for practitioners, industry, educators and students, and the general public.
QUT has a strong open access policy. In 2003, QUT endorsed the world's first institutional open access policy. In 2018, the policy was updated to reflect emerging global practices.
The core components of open scholarship at QUT are:
- QUT's open access policy
- QUT ePrints, an open archive for QUT's research outputs
- Research Data Finder, QUT's discovery service for research data created or collected by QUT researchers
- QUT eJournals, open access, peer reviewed journals published by QUT
- Creative Commons licensing
- Permanent identifiers (ORCiD for individuals, DOIs for research outputs, Persistent URLs for grants)
- Open Educational Resources.
QUT also provides support for academic staff to cover the cost of the Article Processing Charge (APC). This funding applies to the publishing of a research article in a high-quality, peer reviewed, fully open access journal, with articles required to have a CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence.
Other national and international open access initiatives that QUT supports are:
- Creative Commons - QUT is the host institution for the CC Australia Chapter
- Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) - QUT is the host institution
- Open Book Publishers
In addition the QUT Office for Scholarly Communication and Liaison Librarians provide strategic publishing advice for academics and students.